The under 12's (last seasons u11's) visited Southwell on Saturday 16th June to take part in the Southwell City Football Club World Cup tournament.
Having had most of the boys away on school trips all week, followed by the club presentation the night before, hopes weren't high for them winning. That being said, it was a chance to have a look at Noah Bagley and Finn Rydzyk, but also welcome back Sean Todd.
The tournament format turned out to not be the most favourable, with matches being just nine minutes long and goal kicks having to bounce in your own half before going over the halfway line. Games were short, sharp and very short in supply in terms of goals.
The lads drew their first match 0-0 against Southwell City Saracens having been under the cosh for the first few minutes. They came into it a little more towards the end and created a couple of chances, but a draw in nine minutes was a fair and predictable result.
The second match was another close affair, with Finley O'Neill bagging the only goal of the game to give us a 1-0 against Warriors Saxons. Again, the guys struggled to get going in such a short game.
The third match was against Beaufort United. Beaufort were by far the better team and got a deserved victory with the match ending 0-1.
The fourth match was also a close struggle, again with Finley O'Neill getting the only goal of the game and giving Kirk Hallam a 1-0 victory.
That put us through to a semi final as group runners up again Bingham Town Reds, who won their group. A better performance saw Kirk Hallam dominate play without either side managing a breakthrough. The highlight being a fantastic save from Caleb Topley in goal. This took the match to penalties. Three amazing saves from Caleb took the boys through to the final.
The final itself was extended to a mighty ten minutes and was against Burton Joyce who had also won their semi on penalties. In the ten minutes, Kirk Hallam could honestly say that they had shaded it in terms of possession and attacking play, but a final minute corner was bundled home for Burton Joyce, giving them the win. Well done to them.
All in all, the lads did really well, while not getting out of first gear. Having said that, there were some good performances, in particular, Caleb in goal, who was probably our player of the tournament, Liam Evans played well having been moved around into different positions throughout the day, Harley Rose was just Harley Rose and Sean Todd looked like he'd never been away.
4th competition trophy in a year for the boys. Well done
Thanks to Southwell City FC for hosting what was a very well organised tournament
Updated 09:53 - 17 Jun 2018 by Dave Morley